CELEB GOSS: Kylie Minogue announces Australian tour for 2015

Kylie Minogue. Picture: REUTERS

Kylie Minogue. Picture: REUTERS

Kylie Minogue announces Australian tour for 2015

Kylie fans will be buzzing with excitement after the pop princess unveiled dates for her upcoming Kiss Me Once tour on social media last night.

She is scheduled to play at arenas in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth in March 2015. It will be Minogue's first major national tour since her Aphrodite world tour hit Australian shores in 2011. 

The tour announcement follows the local success of her Kiss Me Once album, released in March, which went to number one on the Australian album charts. It is the singer's fourth No.1 album on the ARIA charts. 

The tour is also promising news for fans keen to experience the singer's famously extravagant and flamboyant stage shows, as Minogue's last major Australian performances were the intimate and scaled-back Anti Tour club shows in Sydney and Melbourne in 2012.

Minogue made the announcement on the reality TV show The Voice, where she has been a coach for series' third season, after performing a world exclusive of her new song Sexy Love.

The star then published the Kiss Me Once tour dates on Facebook and Twitter.

Minogue also recently surprised fans when she joined Coldplay on stage for an encore performance at their once-off Australian show at the Enmore Theatre in June.

Advance tickets for the Kiss Me Once tour will go on sale on July 7 until midnight on July 9 or until pre-sale tickets sell out at www.visaentertainment.com.au. 

Tickets will go on sale to the general public, via Ticketek, at 10am on July 14.

Kiss Me Once Australian tour dates

Saturday, March 14 - Perth Arena

Tuesday, March 17  - Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Wednesday, March 18 - Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena

Friday, March 20 - Sydney, Qantas Credit Union Arena

Saturday, March 21 - Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Lisa Visentin, smh.com.au

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Her party book, Celebrate, was marketed in 2012 as a one-stop guide to entertaining throughout the year.But the publication was mocked by some for its over-simplistic advice and even sparked a parody Twitter account, PippaTips.

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Middleton discussed her nephew Prince George, describing him as ‘‘amazing’’, adding: ‘‘He’s a very dear boy and he’s brought a lot of pleasure and fun for all of us, the whole family.’’

She revealed that her famous bridesmaid’s dress was meant to blend in with her sister’s train, describing the interest in it as ‘‘embarrassing,’’ adding: ‘‘The dress was almost meant to be insignificant.’’

The outfit is still in her wardrobe at home. ‘‘I think I’ll just keep it there,’’ she said. ‘‘I think it’s the sort of thing that I’m sure I’ll bring out if someone wanted to see it or my children one day want to see it. Then I’ll show them but yes it’s tucked away.’’

She described her relationship with Kate as ‘‘very close’’ and said they spent a lot of time together.Middleton said she did not initially grasp the scale of the royal wedding.

‘‘It sounds funny to say, but we saw it, as just a family wedding. And actually, I didn’t realise, perhaps, the scale of it until afterwards,’’ she revealed.


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The 28-year-old was charged last year with reckless endangerment and marijuana possession.

Building managers called police because they said she was smoking pot in the lobby of her Manhattan residence.


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The actor exchanged vows with his long-term girlfriend, actress and model Kelly Paniagua, in Lake Tahoe, California over the weekend.

The couple has been together for 11 years.

McMahon has been married twice before - his ex-wives are fellow Australian Dannii Minogue and actress Brooke Burns.

The actor has a 13-year-old daughter, called Madison, from his marriage to Burns.

He is the only son of the late William McMahon a former prime minister of Australia.


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Indio Falconer Downey was booked on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia on Sunday in West Hollywood.

He was later released on bail.Robert Downey Jr had a series of high-profile drug-related arrests in the late 1990s.